Christmas Gift Guide #Christmas #gifts

as much as I have joked about only needing to turn up, does come with its responsibilities
and as a husband, dad and son in-law you have to be prepared to get your hands
dirty and pick some gifts out for everyone (perhaps whilst remembering that
even you deserve a little treat or two…maybe three I have been extra good after
all!) So here is my 2015 Christmas gift guide:

For the ladies
in your life:

Olverum Bath Oils

I was
amazed that you only need as little as 5 ml of this powerful bath oil to turn
your bath into a natural de-stressing experience! Olverum is made with natural
essential oils; the blend has been carefully selected to ensure that your
tension and daily stresses are relieved! 
It was a very relaxing experience for my wife. She felt soothed after her bath and in a
better frame of mind.

This is a
must have gift for your wife or partner, especially over the festive period
when the children are on school holidays and more lively than usual,
overexcited with the run up to Christmas.

RRP £23.50
for 125ml.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill

My wife
loves owls and shoulder bags, so what better gift than the Country Rose Owl print motif cross body bag, it costed
£15 so very reasonably priced for such an attractive gift. Owls are a popular theme, and the design is
visually appealing.

The bag itself has a
fairly large main compartment with a zipped area and another zipped pocket on
the front, the size is perfect as the wife always complains if her bag is too
heavy and then she usually dumps the bag with me! But you can conveniently carry all your
essentials and she has had lots of favorable comments about how nice her new
bag looks.

Another of the wife’s loves
is hot water bottles, she constantly complains of being cold so a perfect gift
again from Edinburgh Woollen Mill is their festive hot water bottle, again
featuring an owl.

With a price of £8 you can’t go wrong! Whether it’s to soothe aches and pains or
just to survive the cold spell water bottle covers are an essential at this
time of year!

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty – Body & SoulCollection

This would
make a fantastic gift for the mother in-law; the presentation box looks
attractive, adding to the overall feel of quality. The perfume itself has a dramatic musk and
woody base, with citrus and floral scents breaking through; overall this
fragrance is quite subtle and defiantly one the older ladies in our lives will
most likely enjoy! 

The added
benefit of this set is the ability to bring this delicious fragrance into the
home with the accompanying reed diffuser, the reeds are rattan reeds which are
designed to give you a longer lasting scent presence around the home.

Priced at
£32 it really does feel like a luxurious indulgent gift.

Tanqueray London Dry

Another one for the mother in-law she is always keen to get the gin on the go, so a perfect gift for her this Christmas! I cannot wait to try the Snowball winter cocktail:


  • 50ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 1Ž2 an egg white
  • 15ml double cream
  • 3 dashes of orange flower water
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Top with soda

Method – add all ingredients but the soda to a shaker and half fill with cubed ice. Shake! And keep shaking until the ice has nearly all gone – strain into a hiball glass with no ice and top with soda until it begins to foam over the top of the glass. Garnish with cinnamon powder.

RRP £22.50 for a 70cl bottle.

For us

Rockface for Men

For me
Christmas is always about stocking up on grooming products, what else is the
mother in-law going to buy me (other than yet MORE socks or maybe hankies!!!)?
So I have been dropping hints about this new range from Rockface that I have
come across. While she thinks I have been servicing her laptop I have been
adding favourites and ensuring the ads are all centred to the Rockface brand.

has ten, yes ten different products available for us gents, but don’t panic, you’re
not going to have to spend any more time than you already do on getting
yourself smelling and looking great! The fragrance for all the products is a
citrusy and woody one, which means again you do not have to waste time trying
to get the right mix, they all blend perfectly.

I am going
to focus on two of the products as these have really stood out for me:

If you
always fancied yourself as peter pan you have their Anti-Ageing Moisturiser to
soothe stressed out skin, specially formulated with Fucogel® it leaves your
skin feeling and looking truly moisturised!

If you love
the feeling of being super clean Rockface’s Face and Body Scrub is the ideal
partner for you, with crushed walnut shells and ground rice it produces a wash
fine enough for your face but rough enough to exfoliate your whole body leaving
you refreshed, invigorated with a squeaky clean feeling!

To find out
more about the range and the RRP please click on the title, but suffice to say
these are a very affordable range.

Beinn Dubh single malt whisky

My father
in law loves the odd tipple of whisky especially around the festive period to
celebrate or for cold and flu season! What could be a better present for him
but Beinn Dubh. This whisky is distilled in the heart of the Cairngoms National
Park, Scotland. The whisky itself has a very unusual ruby black colour and has
fantastic hints of chocolate as well as fruits and currants, so much so even
after one sip you can feel yourself getting into the festive spirt!

Beinn Dubh
is 43% ABV with a RRP of £50 per 70cl bottle, definitely a must have for your
whisky admirers.

Baylis & Harding

As I said before I love to stock up on grooming
products but it’s not just me! My Father and Brother in-law are the same so I
have found that Baylis & Harding have two great gifts for these men in your

Black Pepper & Ginseng Rugby Ball Git Set

My father
in-law is an avid sports fan and being Welsh he absolutely lives for the rugby,
so this is an ideal gift for him this Christmas! The four item set comes in a
lovely wash bag, with Aftershave balm, Shower Gel, Hair and Body wash and a Face
wash all with a great smelling Black Pepper & Ginseng scent, its fresh but
musky base layered with juniper berry, cedar wood and pine needle to create sophistication
in a bottle! RRP £10.

Mens Sport
Duo Gift Set

A perfect
gift for the brother in-law, being an active guy, this shower gel and hair
& body wash, has bursts of citrus lime and mint, reviving and invigorating
ensuring he remain on the top of his game. RRP £10

For the

The Adventure Suit Book

This is a
lovely (and tiny) book, but do not be fooled it’s no standard book! Download
the app (Apple or Android) and the book comes to life. As you progress through
the book searching for treasure, you transverse a multitude of different places
from space to deep sea! There are animations, games and photo feature, all this
for just £4.99! A great stocking filler and for my lucky readers I am giving
one away on Facebook.

Rio Roller Pure Quad Skates

A perfect
gift for your nieces/daughters this year, the white and pink Rio skates are lovely,
they come in a great range of sizes, all the way up to size 8 RRP £49.95. My
sister always had long feet and always struggled to find skates in her size so
it great to see we have access to these!

You can opt
for light up wheels at an additional £14.95, so when you are down at your local
roller disco you would stand out like a real gem!

These are
entry level skates but the build quality is great, with easy to replace front
stopper and Nylon hi-impact chassis with aluminium trucks will see the girls in
your life able to whizz around all day long!

For the

Ollo-clip 4 in 1 lens

Whether you
have a family member who loves to upload fantastic snaps to Instagram or
capturing your daily life on the go, this is a must have accessory for their

The four in
one lens allows you Fisheye, Macro 10x, Macro 15x and Wide-Angle options ensuring
you are getting the very best out of the mobile phones integrated cameras.

The lens itself
is compact and light weight, under an ounce, changing between the options above
is simple and no additional tools are needed, another great feature is the lens
works on both the rear facing and front facing cameras, so if you are into
selfies you can invite a few more people to come along for the picture.

RRP is
£69.99, so perhaps at the higher end of your budget, but well worth it to
improve the quality of your photos.

Kingston Mobilelite Wireless G2

I know
mobiles storage is a great issue in our house, always having to hunt down a
cable to clear the wife’s phone so she can happily capture key family moments!
So this Christmas this is an ideal gift for this put upon techie!

Not only
does the Mobilelite Wireless G2 have the ability to extend your storage by up
to 2TB’s, but you can:

  • Charge you
    mobile device from it
  • Stream
    media to multiple devices
  • Use it as a
    smart reader
  • Create a
    portable WiFi access points

With its
multiple features it provides this can prove to be quite a good tool to combat
some of the issues associated with being the households IT support! RRP from


This is a
handy and affordable solution to the issues of having to hold you phone or
tablet while trying to watch a film! And now it the festive season, I usually
have skype on the go at regular intervals, and there is nothing worse than the
arm ache caused by an hour of Skyping!

Its credit card size allows you to easily
store it in your wallet to whip it out whenever you need it! If you are buying your loved one a smart
phone, tablet or e-reader this would be the ideal stocking filler for them, priced
from £2.99.

Sennheiser CX 5.00

I love the
chance to listen to music; however my boys generally dislike some of the albums
I like, so this Christmas I hope to get a quality set of headphone so I can
blast my music away until my heart is content!

headphones are in ear canal headphones to ensure the music runs smoothly and
effectively into your ear, one thing I hate is tinny sounds, but with Sennheiser
they have a powerful but discrete base to ensure clarity remains around the

headphones sit comfortably in the ear but if they do move around slightly there
are four ear adapters sizes included in the box, as the headphone are for use
in a galaxy you have the ability to pick up calls on the move with a simple
click of a button.

RRP £69.99

For the

Corkers Crisps

During this
festive time I find I really enjoy a savoury snack and being a crisp lover I am
always very keen to find new and delicious flavours. We always have a cold
meats buffet on Christmas Day night and I can see Corkers joining in the party!

potatoes grown in the peaty fenland soil of Cambridgeshire make for an ideal
crisp with a fantastic crunch! Corkers are hand-cooked on the family farm, and
with eight different flavours there is plenty of choice for everyone.

flavours range from Pork Sausage and English Mustard to Duck and Hoisin Sauce,
with an RRP of 50p for a 20g pack its great value for this flavoursome and
delightful crisp!

My personal
favourite flavour is the Sea Salt and Black Pepper, its leaves you with a
lovely warm feeling, just what you need on these cold days!

For more
information on Corkers please click the link in the title.


is cold pressed rapeseed oil infused with aromatic garlic, fresh basil, fiery
chilli and zesty lemon!

benefits of cooking with Borderfiends is the high smoke point, even those of us
who are fairly handy in the kitchen have had oil smoke out at use, with this
rapeseed oil it maintains it natural benefits at high temperatures! Making
Borderfields the ideal option for roasting, frying, drizzling, sizzling and

The health
benefits alone should be the encouragement you need to try this lovely infused
rapeseed oil, with half the saturated fat of olive oil and great blends of
omegas 3, 6 and 9.

RRP for the four bottle gift pack is £9.99.


I always
love to find a German Market over Christmas, the smells and atmosphere is hard
to capture anywhere else! As more and more of us are on the hunt for
traditional German delicacies what could be more perfect for your Christmas
banquet than Bahlsen?

With over
120 years of experience there’s no wonder they produce such delicious biscuits
and cakes!

have a unique cinnamon and hazelnuts flavour, leaving you with a lovely warm
feeling! Their Stollen is simply divine with two options Poppyseed and
traditional Marizipan both delivering a taste sensation! And if you are into
your gingerbread Lebkuchen Mischung are for you they are beautifully glazed
assortment great to share as a family!

For more
information and RRP please click the link in the heading.

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